PCC secures £618,000 to tackle burglary and car crime
Two areas in Hertfordshire are to receive £618,629 to reduce burglary and vehicle crime after funding was secured by the Police and Crime Commissioner.

Hertfordshire was one of 35 PCC areas across the country to receive money from the Home Office Safer Streets fund to invest in targeted measures to design out and reduce acquisitive crimes.

Crime prevention and reduction measures to tackle vehicle theft and burglary will seek to make communities safer in the wards of Cheshunt South and Theobalds, and Cheshunt East.

As part of a series of measures, technicians from the Herts Home Security Service will visit approximately 450 homes to carry out free security assessments and, if required, install new door and window locks, garage defenders and floodlight motion activated surveillance cameras. 

Other measures will include installing new lockable alleyway gates, targeted police patrols and extending the Neighbourhood Watch scheme.

The successful bid was announced yesterday (Tuesday) after the money was applied for in a bid by Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd.

Welcoming the news Mr Lloyd said: “This money will make a real positive difference for those living in those communities who are impacted by burglary and vehicle crime.

“This funding provides us with a key opportunity to make our streets safer and reduce the vulnerability of properties and vehicles to criminality.

“We all have a part to play in reducing crime and I am pleased that the local housing associations, local authority, police, fire service and trading standards will work together to deliver targeted and innovative crime prevention and reduction measures.

“The aim of Safer Streets is to enable closer working with residents to increase community engagement, empower them to reduce crime and build social capital to ensure a long-term sustainable solution.

“I would like to thank everyone, whose hard work made this bid successful, and I look forward to seeing the work start and the results.”

Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Deputy Chief Constable Michelle Dunn said: “Preventing crimes from taking place is key to creating safer communities. Fewer crimes mean fewer victims, which in turns means fewer people experiencing the shock and upset of having their home broken into or their property stolen.

“We are delighted this bid has been successful – the money will go towards measures that are proven to cut crime and increase community engagement in crime prevention. It will be a significant boost for many people living in the borough of Broxbourne.”

The Home Secretary announced the Safer Streets Fund in October 2019, and PCCs were invited to bid for funding in April this year.

Bidders were asked to outline a plan to reduce crime within a local crime hotspot, demonstrating value for money, evidence of community engagement and long-term sustainability.

Broxbourne Councillor Siobhan Monaghan, Cabinet Member for Housing and Community, said: “I am delighted with the outcome of the Safer Streets application for funding to help tackle crime in our Borough. A total of over £618k has been awarded from the Home Office fund to use in specific areas of Broxbourne to tackle vehicle crime and to help protect vulnerable properties.

“This will be a real multi-agency approach showing true partnership working; engaging residents to take steps to help us help them. We want Broxbourne to be a safe place to live and work and this money will contribute towards that goal.”

Each property that has a visit from the security adviser will also be provided with a bespoke Home Security Pack to tackle burglary and vehicle crime.

The pack will include an entry door alarm, window chime alarm, 24 hour segment timer, fence spikes, NHW pack, crime prevention stickers, steering wheel locks, faraday bags, clutch claws, product marking and catalytic converter marking.

Acquisitive offences are the crimes that the public are most likely to encounter, and they are estimated to cost society billions of pounds every year.

There is strong evidence that these crimes can be prevented by tactics that either remove opportunities to commit crime or act as a deterrent by increasing the chances of an offender being caught.